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Old 06-03-2013
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The inside passages (ICW) - The Boy, Me and the Cat

One of my American sailing friends sent me a book called The Boy, Me and the Cat about a journey from Rhode Island to Miami in a 24 foot cat boat undertaken during the winter of 1912/13

I have thoroughly enjoyed the book and have been following it on google earth which has really added to my enjoyment. he mentions emerging into some pretty wide estuaries and then finding a little creek to hole up in. It is wonderful using his mention of wind direction and scant descriptions to try to guess where he dropped anchor.

he got really pished at the blokes in noisy mobos

you can also use google street view to drop down onto the bridges and look up and down stream to see where he was sailing

Does anyone who has read it know if he followed the normal inside passage (ICW) route or are some of the waterways he used now completley closed to boats

it is a cracking good read by a a bloke with a wry wit. I commend it to you. The Boy, Me, and the Cat (9781589762268): Henry Plummer: Books The Boy, Me, and the Cat (9781589762268): Henry Plummer: Books

man I want to re-trace his route


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Re: The inside passage - The Boy, Me and the Cat


That is one of my favourite reads as well. The chap who wrote it (Henry Plummer) had a great sense of humour as well as can-do northern Yankee spirit.

His route largely followed what we now call the 'ditch' or ICW with a few notable exceptions. I also used google maps to locate the towns he mentioned.

There is no longer a Raritan River canal that led to the delaware river. This defunct canal would have bypassed sailing all 120 or so ocean miles off the coast of New Jersey. One of the hilarious sections of this book is when he describes how the lock keepers got fall down drunk on a Sunday while he waited for them on his return back up north.
I'm sure that quite a bit has changed since 1912-13 but it really is a fun tale to follow.

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